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Hit underarm area due to bumping and fall, chest and back area sore, hurts to cough or sneeze. Anything I can do to feel better ?

I was officiating basketball and one of the players bumped me and i fell hard into the bottom bleacher hitting my underarm area.. It hurt a little due to me havinig a high tolerence to pain, so I officiated the rest of the game. That night, my side under my arm pit chest and back area are sore. it hurts to cough or sneeze but not to take deep breaths, I thought maybe i fractured or probably just bruised the area. What do you think. I didn t go to a doctor yet, because i don t think there is anything they can do for me.
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
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The fact that your pain is occuring with movements and hurts to cough or sneeze indicates a muscle strain. Any strained muscle when stretched gives severe pain.
To get relief from the pain and for quick healing:
1. Do hot fomatation at the site.
2. Apply local anti-inflammatory gel 2-3 times a day.
3. Take anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and local swelling or inflammation.
4. Do not lift weight or try to do exercise that involve painful muscles. Give proper time for the injury to heal.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Answered: Wed, 28 Aug 2013
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